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Optimal Health for the Optimal Mom!
by Dana Layon, ERYT


As a busy mom with two busy kids, I understand the importance of good health for myself. It’s important to not only set an example for our kids but to also maintain our physical, mental and emotional health so we can be the best we can be.

Putting yourself first can be a tall order. There is always so much to do…..laundry, cleaning, business tasks, carpooling, homework…where to fit it in? It’s all about planning, time management and actually making YOU a priority. We start by putting ourselves on our personal schedule.


Take a moment to sit down and document your daily and weekly schedule on paper. Include everything and be realistic. Even include meals and mealtimes. Do you see enough time for yourself on there?


We have to be honest with ourselves and put our health – mental, emotional and physical – first. So what to do? First step: start yoga. Some of you already have an exercise regime and I’m not suggesting you give it up. I’m only suggesting that you try yoga at least twice a week. Why? Because it’s the cornerstone to all fitness programs; incorporating body, mind and spirit. Affording you that space to stop, breathe and experience clarity, if for only an hour a day. I know running or weight lifting seemingly has the same effect but until you try yoga, you cannot possibly experience the difference.


Clarity is what we crave on busy days, during chaotic moments and in the midst of change or perceived turmoil. Yoga births clarity and clarity shines on our best Self. Once you have a disciplined practice of yoga, or even just 5 minutes of yoga breathing plus a few moves you can do at home, you begin to easily fit YOU into YOUR life. You begin to make changes, time opens up for you, you make better choices about what to eat, when to go to bed and how to parent your children.


I’ve listed here, examples of a few simple things you can begin incorporating into your life right now and see changes immediately.


* Go to a yoga class at least twice a week. If you can’t go to yoga, schedule 30 minutes, twice a week to do some breathing exercises, 4 rounds of Cat/Cow and Sun Salutations.


Click on this link for more information on how to perform these poses properly.


* Cut (or limit drastically) sugar, caffeine, alcohol, white bread and processed foods out of your diet. Increase your vegetable intake; drink at least half your weight in ounces of water a day. (150 pounds: drink 75 ounces of water)


* Purchase a notebook that is appealing to you and begin journaling at least twice a week about your dreams, your life, and your interests. Taking the time to remind yourself of these things feeds your soul.


We all are busy trying to be the best for everyone else, a good example to our kids, an exemplary business owner, an attentive wife…what about YOU? If you can begin incorporating even one of these things into your daily life, I guarantee you will see a drastic change in who you are and the time you have available each day.

Copyright © 2009, Dana Layon. All rights reserved. No part of this program, manual or book may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means electronically, mechanically or other means without express, written permission from the publisher.


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About the Author


Dana Layon, E-RYT, began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1997 and then Prenatal Yoga during her first pregnancy in 2002. In 2003, she was introduced to Vinyasa “Flow” Yoga, a westernized style of yoga guiding movement with breath. She has never gone back to traditional exercise because of the overall benefits she realizes with a dedicated yoga practice.


Currently her main program is her Zen Flow Yoga School nationally accredited with the Yoga Alliance. The school offers a 10 month program that educates aspiring teachers how to help others realize all the benefits of yoga. The course includes teaching methodology and technique, postural alignment, yogic philosophy, anatomy and the business of teaching yoga.


Dana is also available to speak on a myriad of wellness topics including Finding Your Passion In Life; Benefits of Meditation; Living Your Optimal Life; Making Time for Your Health; Live Long and Light: do YOGA. She currently holds monthly, life transforming, educational workshops in Vancouver, Washington and is available for speaking engagements nationwide. See the Workshops page of her site for more information.


She leads Spiritual Warrior Retreats twice a year – geared toward women empowerment and unity.


She teaches Zen Flow 5 times per week; prenatal classes once a week and kids yoga twice a week, offering yoga and life virtues to children ages 3-10.


Her books, Surviving the Human Experience with Spiritual Intention and Om (AUM) will both be published by November 2010.




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